INTRODUCING KIDS TO THINGS WE DON’T BELIEVE

WENDY THOMAS RUSSELL

When I first set out to write a book about how secular parents could and should address religion with their kids, I emailed the communications director of an atheist group in New York. I was in search, I explained, of secular parents who might talk about how they had introduced their own kids to religion.

“As an atheist,” she wrote back, “I did not introduce my children to religion. And nobody I know [in this group] would introduce their kids to religion.”

Too often, it seems, parents (both religious and non) equate religious literacy with religious indoctrination and simply dismiss or ignore concepts they don’t personally believe to be true or valuable. It’s a shame.

Not only is ...

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